Welcome to Downsize with Style!

Are you planning to downsize to a studio apartment, townhouse or retirement resort?

If you are like most people, you have too much clutter and stuff accumulated and don’t know where to start.

It’s never too late to start your downsizing journey!

Did you know that 56 per cent of Sydneysiders are involved in apartment living in some way? They either own an apartment, rent one, invest in one or intend to move into an apartment in the near future. 40 per cent of apartment owners are baby boomers, and 74 per cent of retirees living in apartments have lived there over five years.

You have probably read that Australia has currently six million people over 55, and by the end of the century this number will have risen to 16 million. With advanced health care services, empty nesters of today, and the future, are more active and fit and do not think about retirement villages in the traditional sense. They often want to start a new chapter in their life and to be close to the city‘s buzz, meet friends in coffee shops and be part of their community.

The baby boomers—those born between 1945 and 1965—are currently the largest age group. As they grow older they will change the normal age distribution in Australia’s major cities. They will downsize, preferably close to where they currently live, states the City Futures research group from the University of NSW. And they want great places to live that suit their desired retirement lifestyle and age requirements. Can you relate to this?

Let’s face it! Downsizing is often associated with negative feelings and emotions. If you are like most people, you might think that your memories are attached to your belongings. Therefore, you find it hard to let go.

Believe it or not, your memories are in your heart and head, which means you can take them anywhere you like. I would like to encourage you to embrace the change while downsizing. It is really all about trust and believing in the opportunities that come with it. Only when you step out of your comfort zone will you experience new things.

Take the first step towards a new chapter of your life today! Challenge yourself, you deserve it!

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The idea for Downsize with Style was born when I read about the major physical change Australian cities are going through. More and more people prefer an urban lifestyle close to amenities. They choose to live in low maintenance apartments rather than big houses for various reasons: simplifying their lifestyle, saving money on furnishings, appliances and energy, gaining more time for travelling and hobbies or downsizing to start a new chapter of their life.

Downsize with Style addresses some of the biggest challenges empty nesters have: Defining their new lifestyle, de-cluttering, prioritising what to keep and storage optimisation and creating a happy home from day one. It is a practical style guide based on an easy-to-follow 5-step process to managing your downsizing project successfully. Additionally, you will find inspirational quotes to keep you motivated.

The five steps include de-cluttering, finding your personal style, visualising your ideas, planning your space and decorating small spaces. Furthermore, you will find expert tips from international designers, real estate and removal specialists! So, if you are planning to downsize, but keep procrastinating your move because you don’t know where to start, this book is for you!

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Anyone interested in interior decoration, especially stylish downsizing, will find many valuable pointers and suggestions in this clearly written how-to book. Many subheadings in the chapters enable easy reading and absorbing. Similarly, many illustrations, showing possible layouts, provide a colorful graphic dimension. A five-step process to manage downsizing include devising a plan with checklists; identifying decorating essentials; achieving a stylish home within a budget; dealing with emotional/sentimental aspects; and refining one’s home/apartment lifestyle. Sample scenarios embellish the practical text. The book tells you how to visualise your ideas and layout and create a breakdown of essential items for various rooms. The use of colour to make a small space seem larger is among the many key suggestions to achieve one’s special decorative desires. Spaces for notes are also provided. Outdoor areas are also covered. Many tips from other international designers and related authorities add useful ideas. Rosters of where to donate, sell, swap and recycle have an Australian focus but they can be applied in the U.S. as well. Apt quotes from luminaries are a nice touch, but it would be worthwhile to add a bit more identifying information on the lesser-known figures. The title/subtitle, and cover design, are each quite effective.

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Congratulations on the publication of your beautiful book Downsize with Style. What s stylish, fabulous, easy read. Best of luck!

Suzy Jacobs

Founder of SheBusiness Australia

This book is an important contribution to the shape of our cities as it encourages older people to downsize to apartments. There is an amazing new lifestyle full of activity that comes with retirees moving from large homes into well-designed apartments in urban locations. Downsize with Style is an excellent guide and support to help potential downsizers understand the steps along the way as well as the importance of good design in a more compact space.

Chris Johnson

CEO, Urban Taskforce Australia

Always leave it to the experts – that has been my motto and Bettina has proven me correct! This book is not only an instruction guide; it’s an inspirational guide, which makes it such easy reading with even easier application. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, insight and passion Bettina and happy downsizing to everyone who enjoys this ride!

Carren Smith

Speaker, Author, Humanitarian

You will discover

  • How to overcome procrastination by working with a plan, checklists and practical tips along the way
  • How to deal with emotional topics and items
  • Creative ways of recycling and free cycling
  • How to identify your decorating essentials
  • Ways to enhance your personal style
  • How to achieve a stylish home without breaking the bank
  • 10 reasons to downsize rather sooner than later
  • Expert tips from international designers, real estate and relocation specialists.

A treasure chest packed with innovative ideas and practical advice. Laced with inspiring quotes and overlaid with an intelligent philosophical insight to life and the emotional stress of change & moving – a must have for anyone planning a move – downsizing or not.

Janet Cater

Author

Everyone can use a little guidance now and then, and this book by Bettina Deda is a wonderful step-by-step guide how to downsize belongings without sacrificing style and beauty. The author states at the very beginning of her book that beauty and gratitude are two of the most important things to embrace in life and she has presented ways to achieve both of those in her lovely book about creating a beautiful home in the midst of downsizing…While I am not in the need of downsizing quite at the present I can really understand how this book would be a great tool for those who are. Well written and illustrated, this is a little gem of a book that I would recommend.

Beth Ann

US Reader

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